Kenny rules out switching to road racing
9:02am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Sport
OLYMPIC sprint track cycling champion Jason Kenny says a switch to road racing would be like Usain Bolt competing in a marathon.
The 24-year-old from Farnworth has just added another world championship crown to his three Olympic sprint gold medals.
And his focus remains on adding more titles on the track rather than following compatriot Bradley Wiggins out onto the long-distance circuit.
Kenny exclusively told The Bolton News: “Going out onto the roads is not an ambition of mine.
“I am a track sprinter and it is completely the opposite.
“It is like Usain Bolt going and running a marathon “The qualifying at the Olympics lasted something like nine-and-a-half seconds for me.
“Doing that and then looking at riding three weeks around France is completely different.
“When Brad was on the track, he was doing longer races around four minutes or so and more aerobic-based than anaerobic.
“It is very unlikely, probably not impossible, but unlikely.
“I like what I do now and happy with the lifestyle I have.”
Kenny is taking a short break from intensive training after a hectic few years that saw him pick up golds at two world championships and a home Olympics.
And while he is looking forward to easing off for a few weeks, he is also determined to be in tip-top shape again when the next major championships come around.
He added: “It is just about ticking over for a month or so, it’s a bit of a break for us after the World Championships because everything we do is so strict.
“It is nice to have a bit of time to relax.
“I still go and do training and feel better when I do.
“It means I will be fairly fit when we get down to business again around April 1; from there on it will be full focus back on it.
“With the Olympics being in summer and our season being in the winter, it has been a hectic 12 months.
“I did the Worlds last year then the Olympics and Worlds again inside six months.
“I am looking forward to having a year’s run at things.
“We are still competing, there are just not any major championships.
“We still have to do qualifying races.
“It is important to have base training in the summer because that helps us when we come to speed training.
“I definitely felt it at the Worlds this year, you can only do stuff for so long until you need to take a step back and work on the fitness again.”